Festive Feature: Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2009

Festive Feature: Top 5 Easter Eggs of 2009

Written Thursday, December 24, 2009 By Dan Webb
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Today’s Top 5 is the only topic to make a triumphant return from last year. That’s partly because of how popular that turned out to be, but mostly because we love fiddling with stuff that’s way off the yellow brick road.

Easter eggs are a good sign that the development team are not only enjoying their job, but that they’re having fun with game they’re working on as it's effectively fan appreciation because it does nothing in terms of the gameplay. That being said, we love fan service and we love easter eggs!

Let’s get on with the show, which this time, is spoiler free. What we lack in spoilers though, we make up for in awesomeness.

It’s not very often you see a movie tie-of the superhero variety that contains such attention to detail and so many easter eggs, but Raven Software and Activision’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine did.

Whilst the nod at the World of Warcraft sword gets credited with the award, truth be told, it’s a combination of all the cool things the dev team added throughout the title, which included a “secret” cake and a tip of the hat to Lost with its very own hatch (which had a humorous achievement called “Found!” that went with it).

I wonder whether Activision’s Bobby Kotick will be happy that Raven aren’t adding stuff into their games that makes them money and the developers are having fun with their games... you know, since he wanted to “take all the fun out of making video games” and all that jazz.


Arkham Asylum was a really rich comic book experience off the beaten path and anyone who was interested in expanding the experience outside of the main campaign, the Riddler’s riddles were a perfect solution to that.
One of these riddles involved scanning the dead body of DC supervillain and Batman archnemesis, Ra’s al Ghul. It’s a nice little easter egg on its own, right? Yeah, but go back to the same spot where you see his body after the game and the body is gone. Not only does that fuel speculation that he’ll make an appearance in the recently announced sequel, but it’s a great and subtle bit of fan service that Batman fans will be appreciative of. Kudos Rocksteady.

Last year we had a huge pink bunny emerge from the depths of the sea in Saints Row 2 and whilst this isn’t as epic as that, Assassin’s Creed 2’s ancient octopus does more than enough to make our list this year.

When discovering the wonders of Visitazione's Secret Assassin's Tomb in Venice, if you spend the time staring deep into the bottomless water that surround the tomb’s puzzle, you’ll be in with a surprise of the eight tentacle variety. Stare again to see whether you’re eyes were just playing tricks on you and the cheeky bugger will raise a fist at you, I mean a tentacle. It's a shining example of how Assassin's Creed 2 did everything right this year.

Splosion Man is in fact the only Xbox Live Arcade game that’s made any of our Top 5 lists to date, which is testement to indie studio, Twisted Pixel and their ability to create fantastic games.

In their latest 2D original platformer, Twisted Pixel made sure that they gave their other previous character and Xbox Live Arcade title, The Maw, a fitting nod. Not only did they tie this mini easter egg in with one of the game’s achievements, but they also included a short cutscene to go along with it.

Somewhere near the beginning of level 3-17, players can race through many of the level’s opening traps and stumbling blocks and free the Maw who’s been captured by the evil scientists. One quick explosion later and our purple headed monster friend is floating off into space, finally free from his captors. A well deserved second place and something we hope to see more of from the studio.
It would be rude of us to not give the award to Valve and Left 4 Dead 2 this year. Why you ask? Because they did the noble thing of bringing back Gnome Chompski from outer space so we could save him once again, but this time, from the zombie apocalypse.

Those of you not familiar with Chompski, this was exactly the same gnome that many people sent into space in Half Life 2 Episode 2 in The Orange Box a few years back. Now if bringing him back isn’t fan service, what the hell is? We’ve not only captured the freeing of Chompski below, but we’ve also included a few of Valve’s other Left 4 Dead 2 easter eggs in the form of some fairground games from the Dark Carnival chapter of Left 4 Dead 2, featuring Moustachio.

The question is though, where are they going to send our little gnome friend next? I'd be surprised if he didn't make a cameo in the next Portal title.

How do this year's Top 5 easter eggs stand up against last year's? Take a look at last year's here and let us know what you think in the comments.
That’s it for us this year in terms of Top 5’s though. Be sure to keep an eye out in the next week for our Game of the Year awards. Happy holidays folks, have a good one!


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Comment #1 by Medaking
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 07:53:30 PM
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Big like on The Maw ;D wish theyd get a sequel made already

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Comment #2 by Shadow Coyote
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 07:59:26 PM
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That. Damn. Gnome.

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Comment #3 by dR PowerDrain
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 08:14:28 PM
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Loved that they brought back Gnome Chompski: Favorite Achievements ever. Ahh the memories we've made!

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Comment #4 by exe67
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 08:17:29 PM
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I think WoW! should've been number one!
Maybe that's just my Warcraft preference talking... hmmm

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Comment #5 by Cla55y
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 08:40:25 PM
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I loved that AC2 mario speech that cracked me up a LOT i was in fits...... i find it ironic that game didnt make it onto anything nintendo, lol

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Comment #6 by dark quasar
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 08:48:04 PM
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number one was right

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Comment #7 by sIR 5HaNx A10t
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 09:30:05 PM
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agreed with #5

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Comment #8 by Bunbox360
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 09:58:21 PM
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Fuck that gnome! Because of that thing I don't feel like I enjoyed the game as much as I should have.

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Comment #9 by slipintonite
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 11:18:23 PM
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me and that gnome are still fighting!

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Comment #10 by N00B EATA
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 11:48:59 PM
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itsa me! mario!

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Comment #11 by Da CRU Mughhh
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 11:51:05 PM
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Loved watching these Video! Great job

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Comment #12 by KaoFam
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 12:11:05 AM
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what about Dancing Marty in Halo 3: ODST not much people know about it and i just found out about it a day ago but it is awesome

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Comment #13 by L1E
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 12:21:08 AM
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Dancing Marty is pretty damn funny. He's at 2:39. But, this list is totally awesome either way.

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Comment #14 by L1E
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 12:22:18 AM
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Tried to have a link to Dancing Marty, but it didn't work out:

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Comment #15 by Finisher808
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 01:05:46 AM
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its a me MARIO!

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Comment #16 by GreenPolarBear
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 01:20:24 AM
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Very good list

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Comment #17 by BlO0DJUNKi3
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 01:34:13 AM
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I didn't care much for the wolderine game & hated the cake.

But i suppose it deserves a spot.

Another good list

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Comment #18 by nate64
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 01:50:35 AM
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That damn gnome made driving nearly impossible in Half Life 2. But oh how sweet the sound of that achievement was. To date my favorite achievement I've ever gotten.

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Comment #19 by macd
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 02:27:51 AM
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I liked the Cake in Wolverine, but the Gnome's revenge was awesome.

I did that achievement with my buddy and refused to let him carry the gnome as I have an absurd attachment to it after Orange Box.

Ah, memories!

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Comment #20 by mjc0961
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 03:37:39 AM
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Maw in Splosion Man is freaking awesome.

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Comment #21 by Jappe XBA
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 04:04:40 AM
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haha, It'sa me Mario! :D Agree on that totally

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Comment #22 by samjustsam
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 04:32:26 AM
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i want left 4 dead 2 soooo bad. mainly for that dark carnival episode. beating a zombie clown down with a garden gnome and hearing his nose make that honking sound while you do it is priceless. cool chievo too...and it gets you the depeche mode shirt...sooo awesome. i would go out and get that game right now...if i wasnt snowed in. curse you snow and ice.
did i ever tell you how i got into a fight with a real life clown one time?.......

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Comment #23 by RVG667
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 05:19:27 AM
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Damn, that octopus is creepy...

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Comment #24 by Sge77i
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 06:03:55 AM
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No Superman in Dragon Age? C'mon!

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Comment #25 by MrIacob
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 08:20:45 AM
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Agree with #24.
Good list tought. :)

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Comment #26 by Faux Ceres
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 08:27:31 AM
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@24 Agreed. Though it wasn't intentional.. I laughed at the absurdity of having Superman in DA:O >.>

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Comment #27 by Astrex
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 12:15:44 PM
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batman what an amazing game!

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Comment #28 by DGblackz
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 12:29:50 PM
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It's me, mario ! xDDD

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Comment #29 by Dredgon
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 01:23:42 PM
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I never knew about the octopus, that was pretty creepy! But they should have added The Joker's "Why so serious?!" from AC II, and at least one from DA:O's countless eggs!

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Comment #30 by Deviant_Thug
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 03:54:47 PM
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Happy holidays!

And how did I miss the octopus?

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Comment #31 by xBeLikeChris
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 04:20:19 PM
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I'm disappointed not to see the guy riding the fish in Borderlands.

At least I thought it was cool.

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Comment #32 by Launch
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 06:42:38 PM
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I though the Borderlands fish would be here too.

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Comment #33 by GamingEconomist
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 07:05:21 PM
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I knew Gnome would make it on the List ;-)

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Comment #34 by chuletron
Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 10:38:06 PM
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gnome is not an easter egg(because they put it in game as an achievement requirement), the still alive song(from portal) on the l4d2 jukebox is an awesome easter egg i think x360a hasnt discovered that

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Comment #35 by ninja bobster
Saturday, December 26, 2009 @ 07:20:27 AM
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rofl, gnomin' pwnin :)

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Comment #36 by Paulpaps
Saturday, December 26, 2009 @ 09:12:59 AM
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I tried to rescue ye olde gnome last night, but alas, my friends are shit at the game.

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Comment #37 by tehGUN
Saturday, December 26, 2009 @ 03:56:49 PM
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Yeah, it isnt a secret easter egg if its an achievment i think. The must see Itsa me Mario isnt one either i think. But thats just me.

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Comment #38 by EatmeChowdown
Saturday, December 26, 2009 @ 07:28:24 PM
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How come they didn't include the jukebox Easter Egg in Left 4 Dead 2!? It plays 'Still Alive' from Portal, worth a mention for def [props to chuletron].

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Comment #39 by verybadloser
Sunday, December 27, 2009 @ 02:02:56 PM
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I got that clown'd achievement by using the gnome, was pretty cool :p

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Comment #40 by STZ513
Sunday, December 27, 2009 @ 07:59:24 PM
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I loved that Gnome. Hopefully they'll have the Companion Cube make a return in a future Valve title.

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Comment #41 by TripleTex
Monday, December 28, 2009 @ 06:59:45 AM
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My vote for best cameo goes to Dragon Age: Origins. With the "Kent-Encounter"

"He has two arms and two legs, that's all that matters for me, Martha!"

Nevermind but I DO in fact need stuff like that to happen in a medieval RPG. :D

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Comment #42 by TripleTex
Monday, December 28, 2009 @ 07:01:39 AM
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I may correct that and say "Five fingers, five toes..."

Seems like the little Gnome working the quoting machine in my head is still drunk from christmas

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Comment #43 by TVC613
Monday, December 28, 2009 @ 08:51:34 AM
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I think Borderlands should have made it. That game was so full of easter eggs...

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Comment #44 by DunamisMan
Monday, December 28, 2009 @ 01:45:53 PM
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so you think we can have a gnome as an avatar item.... or at least on a t-shirt? I know that we already get something for saving him, but it really has nothing to do with him.

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Comment #45 by DOOKH8R
Monday, December 28, 2009 @ 06:00:43 PM
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@43-good call.

So is Ra's al ghul dead? was it part of nightmare?

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Comment #46 by DiegoTan
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @ 06:59:58 AM
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ITSA ME MARIO! Awesome one.

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Comment #47 by bapae
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 05:50:42 AM
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I dont think the batman one should be considered a easter egg since you need to find it for a riddle. I did on the other hand really like the Hl2 gnome in L4D2 man almost got the orange box achievement until an explosion launched him out of reach...

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Comment #48 by MediumMelanin
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 11:20:00 PM
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Batman's was scary! ACII's was creepy, I would've double blade-poisoned that octupus if I saw him...Nice find! Lol yeah, I found Mario's Easter egg funny, I also liked "Re Your Brains" from L4D2 juke box when it says "You're all gonna die now! Screaming..." and a bunch of horde comes, doesn't happen with any other song...

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Comment #49 by Meow Im A Box
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 07:06:21 AM
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Yeah i dont think the gnome should be first on this list. i dont think it should be on this list at ALL. But thats just me. i mean it is so easy to get and its a achievement.

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Comment #50 by BiggaRa
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:39:39 AM
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I think its wicked funny that you take a portal to get to the hidden cake. :-)
I also laughed when Uncle Mario shouted "ITSA ME MARIO!".

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Comment #51 by DRILLERDUD1
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:09:32 PM
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at least in xmen the cake isnt a lie...

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Comment #52 by Mantra
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 05:11:48 AM
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Great easter eggs, and that Mario wink is just class.

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Comment #53 by Barminator89BE
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 03:01:19 AM
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awesome list

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Comment #54 by SirDooblay
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 07:42:53 PM
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HONOURABLE MENTION: The floating bunny in saints row 2

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Comment #55 by ElTipejoLoco
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 08:08:08 AM
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I wish I knew what was up with the octopus. Oh well. THAT ASIDE, just posting to get my user number.

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Comment #56 by Crawlspac3
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:11:06 PM
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good list !! What didnt make this list ??

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